Regions of Queensland: what’s new in Townsville and North Queensland?

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Located in the “Dry Tropics” region, Townsville is the main government and business support centre in North Queensland. This region includes Bowen, Ayr and Charters Towers.

A beautiful and pedestrian-friendly city, Townsville has Castle Hill at its centre, along with an esplanade with views of the popular Magnetic Island. It also has the largest living coral reef aquarium. Aside from its relaxed lifestyle with all the city comforts, it is home to Australia’s 3rd Brigade which is based at Lavarack Barracks. It is a well-connected city with an international airport and the Port of Townsville. This port was named the Port of the Year for the second year in a row in the 2016 Australian Shipping Awards.

Latest in Industry, Business, Tourism and Projects 

North Queensland is built on its wide range of natural resources and Townsville is the largest city in Northern Australia. The Port of Townsville is expanding, the Townsville City Council is investing into major infrastructure projects, and there are many opportunities for investment in North Queensland in industries such as agriculture, infrastructure, natural resources, and tourism.

Some major projects in this area include:

You can find out more about the Townsville City Council’s current projects on their website.

Key Industries 

  • Food and agribusiness
  • Transport services
  • Mining and resources
  • Tropical science and expertise
  • Education and training

For more information about investment and business, please see TIQ North Queensland investment opportunities and Townsville brochure.

Settlement Information  

Arriving in a new city and region can be daunting, so it is useful to take advantage of the information which is out there to make the process of settling in easier.           


SunBus operates public transport services for Townsville and Magnetic Island. However, it is advisable to buy a car to get around on the highways and motorway.

There is also an international airport flying to select destinations overseas, the North Coast railway line (principal regional freight and passenger line) and Tilt Train services.


The Queensland state government has an online search available for the public and private schools in North Queensland. Study Townsville also has a range of information on institutions ranging from universities and edutourism to English language and secondary schools in the region. Other specialised training centres include the currently developing James Cook University and Townsville Hospital precinct.

New Arrival Support

Townsville City Council has a range of resources on their website for migrants. There are also two multicultural settlement support agencies in Townsville – Townsville Multicultural Support Group and Townsville Intercultural Centre.

Major Events and Festivals

There are many cultural and major events happening in and around Townsville, including:  

To find out more about what’s happening in the area, check out Townsville North Queensland and What’s On Townsville.

Other Useful links

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